(PRWEB) July 16, 2012
Explore Tibet Team, a professional Tibet travel agency based in Lhasa, introduces a new 9-day trip to Mt. Everest and Lake Namtso. “This tour takes in both the world’s highest mountain and the world’s highest salt-water lake,” Explore Tibet said. “Travelers will also have the opportunity to visit a nomadic family and tour the sights of Lhasa.”
The Tibet tour begins in Lhasa will travelers will acclimatize to the high altitude and spend several days sightseeing. The beautiful capital city is crowned by the Potala Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most iconic buildings in the world. Other attractions in Lhasa include the ancient Jokhang Temple, the Barkhor Market, and the Sera and Drepung Monasteries.
From Lhasa the tour heads south along the Nepal-Tibet Friendship Highway. After crossing several high mountain passes travelers will reach the towns of Gyantse and Shigatse. These two cities are well-known for their historic and religious value, and popular attractions include the large Kumbum stupa in Gyantse and the Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse, traditional home of the Panchen Lama.
From here travelers will ascend into some of the most scenic landscape in the world. Himalayan peaks flank valleys with scattered villages. Mt. Everest looms over the Rongbuk valley at 8,844 meters. Travelers will stay at the Rongbuk monastery and guesthouse, the highest-altitude monastery in the world with unparalleled views of the mountain. The hike to Everest Base Camp is about 6 kilometers, and the view at sunrise is breathtaking.
On the route back to Lhasa travelers will see part of northern Tibet called the Changtang, or northern plateau. This area is home to a sparse population of nomads who roam the vast pastures and live in distinct black yak-hair tents. This is also the location of Lake Namtso, the world’s highest salt water lake. Travelers will camp near the lake, which is a holy site for pilgrims and trekkers alike, with a beautiful shoreline and a backdrop of snow-capped peaks. Before returning to Lhasa travelers will have the opportunity to visit a nomad family, and see firsthand this traditional Tibetan lifestyle.
For more information, visit: http://www.tibetexploretour.com/